A Season of Midlife Cricket
The secret of Roger Morgan Grenville's book is the charming way in which he observes people and life through the medium of cricket. It is both a love letter to cricket and an inspiring manifesto for doing things simply because you still can, in spite of sporting incompetence and midlife demons. The characters, the anticipation and planning, the mid-match tea, the post-match drinks, the countryside and, of course, the weather are all brought to life. If your cricketing days are numbered, this book will bring the memories flooding back and may even have you out swinging the bat again next season!
Above all, it is the uplifting story of friendship among a team of not-very-good players who find enough moments of near brilliance to remind them why they love the game of cricket.
Reviews for Unlimited Overs
Unlimited Overs is a wryly amusing tale of ‘friendship, dynasty, defiance and hope…’
Ever self-deprecating, R M-G has nailed his whimsical colours to the mast with his latest volume on the trials of the legendary White Hunters CC. His turn of phrase is without parallel. Who else would or could come up with the line, “Clinging on to my innings like a sloth to the underside of a Cecopria tree”?
This book is for the people that make cricket both possible and the most magical game on earth, and yes, very possibly better than sex.
Where Roger strikes a real and often hilarious chord is his take on what you’d call the theatricals of cricket, the anecdotes and vignettes which make it such an enjoyable and perplexing game… But for those 750,000 dedicated amateurs that play cricket, and for the many more who used to play the game but can no longer, and yet still listen avidly to Test Match Special in the uncertain hours to watch the Ashes in Australia, this is a book that bears affectionate witness to a noble game that continues to bewitch. After all, who would prefer to score a goal for England rather than hold his bat aloft after scoring a century at Lord’s?
Paul de Zulueta, The Guards Magazine